Occupational Therapy Increases Gains for Stroke Patients


A study involving over 1000 individuals recovering from stroke in the U.K. and Hong Kong demonstrated that functionally based Occupational Therapy increased the capacity of the individuals in the study group to perform activities of daily living and  created a lower risk for deterioration. The study  focused on community dwelling OT patients and did not include hospitalized individuals. The Occupational Therapy provided was functionally oriented to areas like personal care, light meal preparation, managing money and personal shopping. This study highlights the value of functionally based rehabilitation for neurological injuries.

Reference: Legg L. et al. Occupational Therapy of patients with problems in personal activities of daily living after stroke: Systematic review of randomised trials. BMJ 2007 November 3; 335;922

About Rolf Gainer Ph.D.

Dr. Rolf Gainer is the founder of the Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma as well as the Neurological Rehabilitation Institute of Ontario, in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Gainer is a psychologist with more than twenty-five years of experience in the treatment and rehabilitation of individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. Dr. Gainer has designed and operated innovative rehabilitation programs in the United States and Canada for individuals who have been regarded as difficult to serve. He is currently involved in conducting two outcome studies related to the long-term issues faced by individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. He has presented papers throughout the United States and Canada in many professional conferences and educational forums.
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